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UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has this morning revealed its new industry measures preventing under-18 audiences from viewing gambling adverts through online media verticals. This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. The new measures will form part of the BGC’s newly published ‘Sixth Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising’ which …

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ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has this morning published the findings of its ‘online monitoring sweep’ identifying age-restricted adverts that have been published within children’s digital media.  This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here. ASA’s ‘monitoring sweep’ forms part of a year-long project in which the advertising authority seeks to …

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Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021

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GambleAware has this morning confirmed that Marc Etches will step down as Chief Executive of the problem gambling prevention and treatment support charity at the end of March 2021. The decision will see Etches complete a decade leading GambleAware, a charity which under his leadership was transformed into the primary commissioner and convenor of services dedicated to reducing and preventing …

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Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling

Cross-party think-tank The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has called for further ‘protective regulation’ of wagering limits to be rolled out, advising regulators that gamblers should be limited to betting ‘£100 each month until they pass more stringent checks‘. Reported by the Financial Times, the think tank claims that it is ‘inevitable that gamblers will sometimes spend more than they can …

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BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings

BGC pledges to maintain safer gambling momentum

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the governments of Scotland and Wales to publish their plans with regards to reopening casino venues, bringing clarity to affected employees and business owners. As England’s casinos begin to reopen from Saturday 1 August, Scottish and Welsh counterparts remain in the dark, having been given no indication as to their future business …

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Rank outlines plans to reopen Grosvenor venues

Rank Group Plc has communicated its plans to reopen 44 Grosvenor Casino venues across England from 1 August, adhering to the government’s social distancing orders and public safety rules.  Grosvenor, the UK’s largest land-based casino operator, will begin the staggered reopening of a selected number of venues in England from Saturday 1 August – as Wales and Scotland’s casinos remain …

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England’s casinos to reopen on 1 August

The government has this morning confirmed that casinos in England will be allowed to reopen on 1 August, adhering to strict rules on social distancing and public safety. Casinos in Wales and Scotland will have to wait for their own reopening dates to be confirmed. In a move that has been highly praised by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), which has …

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BGC praises Kenneth Alexander for driving critical change

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has praised the work of outgoing GVC Holdings Group CEO Kenneth Alexander and his contribution to improving industry standards and driving change through greater responsibility. Yesterday, GVC announced that Alexander had chosen to end his 13-year leadership tenure, and confirmed that the executive would be replaced by COO Shay …

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BGC highlights UK casinos ‘community response’ under lockdown orders

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) continues to pressure the government on delivering clarity to the UK casino sector and its workforce, following the disappointing news that casino venues will not be allowed to reopen this July. Branded in the same category as nightclubs, England’s casino venues were told to remain in lockdown, and given no indication as to their …

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Scottish government lifts shop restrictions on bookmakers

There was relief for Scotland’s 900 betting shops after the Scottish government confirmed that it will revoke its in-store restrictions, which have caused havoc on reopening arrangements. Scottish bookmakers were allowed to re-open their businesses on 29 June, beginning their recovery from lockdown. However, last-minute orders by the SNP forced shops to remove in-store seating, as well as turn-off machines …

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